Mark Schnapp - Resolving Complex Matters
Whether leading an internal corporate investigation or defending a client in court, Mark Schnapp focuses on finding solutions in complex criminal matters. “I enjoy working on cases with a lot of moving parts,” says Schnapp.
Through the years, Schnapp has helped clients navigate parallel civil and criminal investigations that involve federal agencies like the U.S. Department of Justice and Securities Exchange Commission (SEC). His practice also includes conducting fraud, tax, money laundering, and other criminal investigations.
“Mark worked with us in a very complex situation several years ago,” says Mark Chandler, general counsel, Cisco Systems in San Jose, CA. “Several internal and external people had conspired to defraud our company and customers. There were a lot of people pointing fingers in different directions, and Mark was adept at focusing on the key factors, developing our strategy and reaching an appropriate outcome. He also has a really generous spirit and is a good human being. It’s a pleasure to work with Mark.”
Schnapp has 40 years of litigation experience, including seven years at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, where he was Chief of the Criminal Division. He has also handled more than 70 jury and non-jury trials.
One of his colleagues in the U.S. Attorney’s Office was Roberto “Bob” Martinez, now a partner at Colson Hicks Eidson in Coral Gables. “Mark was a go-to prosecutor, someone you could trust with power and authority,” Martinez says. “He knows how to formulate a game plan and is strategic in his thinking. He’s also an extremely loyal friend who is always ready to help if you need something.”
Another aspect of his practice is advising on the handling of internal investigations. “I’ve been called to the scene after investigators knock on the door with a search warrant,” Schnapp says. “Sometimes I’m trying to get information while the agents are interviewing people on site. But, I also see more companies launch their internal investigations as soon as they become aware of a possible problem. These matters need to be handled very carefully to avoid pitfalls.”
Mark spends a great deal of time mentoring minority law students and lawyers. He also sits on the board of Women of Tomorrow, which provides mentoring and scholarships for at risk women.